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In the meantime, Sri Lanka which has been trying to recover economically, politically and socially from its drawn-out, three-decade-long civil war, owes China billions of dollars. The International Monetary fund chief Christine Lagarde has alerted China and countries potentially benefitting from the Chinese ...
The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice ... Suspects arrested under the PTA, including since the war ended in 2009, gave accounts of torture and mistreatment, forced confessions, and denial of ...

The UN Convention outlawing the use of chemical weapons was aimed at big time use of them when they become dangerous enough to dominate a battle field- as the Germans used them in the First World War and Saddam Hussein (then supported by US arms sales) used them against Iran and against ...
The United State's State Department highlighted militarisation and impunity as significant human rights issues in Sri Lanka in its annual human rights report. ... the State Department said the Sri Lankan government made “limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms”.
A notice of Kirushnakumar Kanagaratnam's death has been placed on his street in Jaffna, Sri Lanka to guide mourners. (Suthakaran ... Kanagaratnam's youngest brother, Sureshkumar, was shot and killed in March 2007 during the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil fighters. The family ...
The third resort, Wild Coast Tented Lodge, was launched in November and completes what Malik calls the circuit of the Resplendent Sri Lanka journey: tea (Tea ... “We bought four colonial-era tea-planter residences that were vacant because of the war, restored them and started Tea Trails,” says Malik.

ITV's medical drama stars Amanda Redman and Amrita Acharia as doctors in a cottage hospital in the south Indian state of Kerala, but, as is often the case on screen, all is not as it seems: it's actually filmed nearly 400 miles away across the Indian Ocean in Sri Lanka. Since the civil war ended in 2009, Sri ...
At Kankesanthurai, there is a Sri Lankan Army war memorial, which proclaims 'Unity in diversity, is the strength of Sri Lanka'. The next visit was to the infamous Elephant Pass, a choke point surrounded by the vast Jaffna lagoon, connecting the road and railway line between Jaffna and the rest of Sri Lanka.
But locals remember it like it was yesterday. The civil war stretched from July 1983, when the Tamil Tigers first struck the Sinhalese government's armed forces, until May 2009, when the militia lost its last fight. In between, Sri Lankan civilians were in the crossfire. In the three years that followed the 2004-05 ...
When it was clear Sri Lanka couldn't pay back, they agreed to give China a 99-year lease on the port. Many believe similar deals will happen to other projects when countries can't pay. With their 99-year lease on the Sri Lankan port, China also has a 40-year lease on a statically situated port in Pakistan.
The Sri Lankan military held yet another show at it's military base in Jaffna last week, despite calls for the army to vacate the privately-owned land on which the ... in Palaly, the site of a massive High Security Zone which remains inaccessible to locals and landowners, nine years after the end of the war.
( April 15, 2018, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The civil war in Syria for over six years now has been prolonged mainly due to the interference in the internal affairs of Syria by Russia and US and it's allies. It is well known that Syrian government has been receiving direct support from Russia and the rebels ...
As Donald Trump embarked on a White House address to announce the action, explosions were heard in the Syrian capital Damascus, signalling a new chapter in the brutal seven-year Civil War. The Pentagon listed three targets that had been struck. However, Syrian state television said, government ...
Army Commander: Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says, the demand for military personnel from Sri Lanka, for international peace keeping operations, is high, owing to their expertise in launching the largest humanitarian mission during the country's civil war. Therefore, in keeping with its ...
Balakrishnan, still a teenager, had just arrived from Sri Lanka — where a long-standing civil war was raging — with a high school degree and little else. ... This Sri Lankan-run Italian restaurant serving local specialties like “pisarei e faso” — small gnocchi of flour and breadcrumbs in a piping hot sauce of ...
Russia has warned the US that launching air strikes in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria, could spark a war between the two countries. Western powers are thought to be preparing for strikes, but Russia, a Syrian ally, opposes such action. Moscow's UN Ambassador: Vassily Nebenzia says, ...
The ship was attacked by Japanese bombers on April 9, 1942 while anchored in Trincomalee harbor in what is now Sri Lanka. As fire spread, the ship was abandoned, and most of the Allied aircraft and ammunition it was carrying was rescued. On August 24, 1943, the 453-foot vessel was deliberately sunk ...

Sinnasami Nallathambi (left) is one of hundreds of Tamils still waiting for news about their loved ones who went missing during Sri Lanka's civil war. ... Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who also serves as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, appointed commissioners to run the office for a ...
Recent events such as the political turmoil in the Maldives and the ethnic clashes in Sri Lanka only add more troubles to a region already marked by ... As such, comparing the two most recent and notable events affecting the area, namely the Maldivian political crisis and the Sri Lankan ethnic clashes, offers ...
... Sri Lanka's Ceylex Engineering (Pvt) Ltd, and India's Prathiba Industries had won a deal to build a water supply project in the former war-torn town of Mullativu in Northern Sri Lanka. The cabinet ... A 30-year war in the area ended in 2009 with the defeat of Tamil Tiger separatists who controlled the town.
On the night of February 22, four drunken Muslim youths traveling on a three-wheeler in Sri Lanka's Kandy district beat up a Sinhala Buddhist truck driver because he ... Its outcome was the horrific 30-year armed conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Rights organizations and the families of people considered "forcibly disappeared," such as those who have been missing since the end of Sri Lanka's long civil war, are pressing the United Nations for answers to unresolved war crimes. Many have been waiting three years since the U.N. adopted a ...
About a month ago, a 'Missing Lovers Day' was held in Sri Lanka by a local group called The Families of the Disappeared. Their intent of the event was for it to be “an evening of love stories, love songs, and hope. The Sri Lankan Civil War occurred between the Sinhalese and Tamils for decades after ...
Their mistrust of the authorities is illustrated by a striking photograph of Sri Lanka's current leader, President Sirisena, surrounded by Tamil schoolchildren. Incredibly, five mothers have come forward and claimed that their missing teenagers are in the photograph. According to her mother, Jeromy Kasipillai ...
Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister in the national unity government comprising the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party (UNP), ... including ethnic Tamils and Muslims, has frittered away the golden opportunity to solve the ethnic crisis that led to the 30-year civil war and provide a ...
Amidst political uncertainty and diminishing popular support for the government, the prospect of the new party of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's former strongman, returning to power has also become real. A Rajapaksa-led government is certain to rollback the reform agenda that Sri Lankan voters opted ...
I don't understand why. I don't know why the Sri Lankan government is also worried about them meeting us. A decade after the war, do you think 'peace' is at hand? The war lasted 30 years. I consider the post-war developments in Sri Lanka a bigger victory than defeating the LTTE. But that has not been ...
“It was never a war between the Sinhalese army and the Tamils but between the Sri Lanka government and a terrorist organisation. ... There is widespread criticism that the Sri Lankan President's approach in issues such as corruption and the way he deals with Opposition leaders is similar to that of Modiji.
When Sri Lanka finally emerged from a long and bloody civil war in 2009, it borrowed heavily to pay for an ambitious infrastructure spree, putting enormous .... confidence,” says Deshan Pushparajah, managing director at investment bank Capital Alliance Partners, which advised the Sri Lankan insurer.
These are amongst the titles that 31-year-old Namal Rajapaksa, son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa balances. Namal belongs to a political family accused of carrying out some of the most brutal human right violations during Sri Lanka's civil war. Seven members of the Rajapaksa clan ...
'The biggest game changer in 100 years': Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka .... They were built in the fury of development that followed the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, fuelled by $8bn borrowed from China by the previous president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, who dreamed of turning his ancestral home ...
Islamophobia has surged in Sri Lanka since 2009, when a long civil war against Tamil fighters was brutally ended by Rajapaksa, amid charges by a United Nations panel of experts of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings by the military and STF. As in Myanmar, from where 700,000 ...
In Sri Lanka, Buddhist militancy has gone mainstream, with clergy seen clashing with riot police and leading anti-government protests. During the brutal 26-year civil war, the ire of ultra-nationalists among the mainly Buddhist Sinhalese majority was focused on the island's Tamil Hindus. But after the Tamil ...
It's understood the parents came to Australia separately by boat in 2012 and 2013 following Sri Lanka's brutal civil war, and settled in the Queensland town on a bridging visa, which expired last Monday. “They have lived here for over three years and are a caring, hardworking family,” petition creator Angela ...
The worst was Black July that led to a 30-year civil war, where Sri Lanka sank to its lowest web, both politically and economically and was designated as an unruly and failed state, where ... Scholars are of the view that Sri Lankan Muslims are descendant of Marakkar, Memons and Pathans of South India.
Sri Lanka does not appear to be a country that is blessed with an awful lot of luck. Despite all signs of powering ahead after independence from the British in 1948 - at one point, it was seen as a nation of such potential that it was considered worthy of emulation by Singapore - the inability of its rulers and ...
A nationwide state of emergency is being enforced in Sri Lanka to prevent attacks on Muslims. Buddhist mobs set fire to homes and ... A varied mix of ethnicities and religions make their home on the island, where a 26-year-long civil war ended in 2009. What will it take to end the recurrent religious friction, ...
Sri Lanka has appointed commissioners to a special panel tasked with investigating war-era disappearances, three years after President Maithripala Sirisena (R) ... Sri Lankan forces were accused of killing up to 40,000 Tamil civilians during the final months of the war while defeating separatist Tamil Tiger ...
A report submitted by its chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein advocated application of universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka to ensure accountability. Sri Lankan troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have faced international condemnation for alleged human rights violations during the long-drawn ...
Voters delivered a shock repudiation of Rajapaksa's government three years ago, as the UN investigated war crimes against Tamil civilians, dissidents disappeared in unmarked white vans and warnings were issued that Sri Lankan democracy was at risk. In February, however, they gave the Buddhist ...
Journalists and civic rights activists hold a protest in Colombo by hoisting photos of slain journalists while shouting slogans at the 'Black January' event to honor Sri Lankan reporters who have either disappeared or been abducted or killed. (Photo by ucanews.com).
Two Sri Lankan priests who chose to stay among war-affected Tamils have written books about their experiences and challenges. Senior Catholic Priest Father Terrence Fernando and Anglican Father Mariamuttu Sathievel launched their books on March 5 at the Center for Society and Religion in Colombo.
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's government imposed a nationwide state of emergency on Tuesday after mob attacks against the minority Muslim population in a central district, violence that has highlighted the country's fragility as it tries to recover from decades of civil war. The unrest in the district of ...
Helping a fractured and war-ravaged nation piece itself back together through reconciliation has become a top priority for priests serving the Society of Jesus (SJ) in Sri Lanka. As part of that, making sure children who live in some of the worst hit areas receive a proper education is crucial to reviving and ...
Months after Sri Lanka's Central Bank vowed action on mounting household debt in the war-affected north, thousands gathered in Jaffna on Tuesday, protesting against the government's inaction. 'Our home and country are indebted, what is the solution?; 'Stop loans, give employment' and 'Strengthen ...
Producers of the first Tamil film to be made in Sri Lanka, in more than 40 years, hope it is the start of a homegrown revival. Tamils normally watch movies made in India, because the local industry has been crippled by decades of war and lack of experienced movie makers. Al Jazeera's Minelle Fernandez ...
Balaranjan, 33, was born in the north of Sri Lanka in Jaffna, the capital of the country's Northern Province, and lived in fear for the majority of his childhood during the Sri Lankan Civil War. "As a kid growing up I couldn't wrap my head around the realities of war. That had an effect on me because I was ...
China began to invest heavily in Sri Lanka after the civil war there ended in 2009, recently gaining control of a strategic port. In Pakistan, it is building a US$55 billion economic corridor with a port on the Arabian Sea that it may turn into a naval base. In the Maldives, where it has been buying islands and ...
Rajapaksa's campaign targeted the government's middling economic record, and its attempt to impose higher taxes, promising Sri Lankans a return to more confident, outward facing rule. Rajapaksa's supporters also criticized Sri lankan President Maithripala Sirisena for selling off national assets, including ...
Days ahead of Sri Lanka's February 10 local government polls, the 85-year-old politician urged the northern Tamils to speak in one voice and support the ITAK. ... All the same, the EPDP openly aligned with President Mahinda Rajapaksa and some of his predecessors during the years of war and soon after, ...


 

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